This summer I had the honor of meeting Theresa Kemp, founder of The Victory Train. The Victory Train® is an early childhood education program that empowers parents with skills and resources to provide essential learning experiences for their children from birth to kindergarten. Kindergarten-readiness is a key indicator to a child’s future academic and economic success and is a critical first step on the pathway to graduation.
In October The Victory Train chose to donate copies of my book to families in their program. I was honored to provide them copies along with a collage activity to make the book come alive! Here is the lesson I created:
Drawing with Scissors – The Art of Collage
A lesson inspired by Henri Matisse
Materials: construction paper (lots of colors and lots of sizes), scissors, glue, cardstock (1 piece)
Step One: Decide on a theme for your project such as a garden, beach, or landscape scene. Or you can just create with shapes. Choose different colors of construction paper. Think about tints and shades and how your colors will look together.
Step Two: Cut simple fluid shapes and spirals along with geometric shapes such as circles, triangles, squares, ovals, or rectangles. You might even want to try a parallelogram, rhombus, or trapezoid! Remember – no pencils – use scissors only!
Step Three: Arrange your shapes on your cardstock piece making sure to overlap and layer your shapes. Look at your arrangement and try something different. You can use your shapes to make objects like birds, flowers, leaves, seashells, trees – use your imagination!
Step Four: Settle on your final design and carefully glue your shapes on the cardstock. If you need to, trim any pieces. Sign your name – you are an artist!
You can send a picture of your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org
Check this website for more information about the art of collage: http://www.whenevahollers.com/beyondthebook-413139.html
Read more about Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors by Keeisa Johnson and Jane O’Connor
For When Eva Hollers, Paula used the art of collage to create the illustrations - drawing inspiration from the work of Eric Carle. Sadly, Mr. Carle passed away earlier this year and the world noted the loss of one of the most beloved creators of children’s literature. Eric Carle’s artwork is distinctive and unique. Where he used hand-painted thin papers that he cut or tore and layered to form brilliant colors, Paula used scraps of construction paper and created layering with intricate layers of color and paper. Look at Eva’s hair or the rug when Eva takes a bath!